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The book reads well and is in the main well edited. The plot is believable, unlike many thrillers, with all of the individual elements pieced together from behavioural patterns that really do regularly pop-up in the real world. There are some nice twists that kept refreshing the book without over stretching one's credulity.
The book's strongest elements, the difficult relationship between a highly successful father and a son that at thirty still hasn't fully tested his potential, the shenanigans of the evangelical preacher, and the preacher's daughter that seems to like existing on the seedy side of life, might be in a sense formalistic, but believable characters have to be, don't they? They certainly aren't ridiculous inventions.
The story dynamics lack some of the power of Waldner's first book, 'Peripheral Involvement', but I preferred the first person writing that was employed here. We need to get inside James's head in as personal way as possible, we need to understand why he was so easily manipulated, and that is perhaps only possible by engaging through his mind and his eyes. The third person style would have been far too remote for us to build any genuine sympathy for this patsy. I was sort of left doubting that James's father would have trusted a dime given past history between the two, but he did, and thinking about it as I read on, the father's assumed feelings of guilt made that element seem believable.
So, so far, two great five star reads, from Waldner, with I assume plenty more to come. If you like believable thriller fiction then these books might well be your cup of tea as they are mine.
when the bad guys get away without any ramifications what so ever. That is what happened in this story. The main character of the story was
screwed over by the bad guys and there were not any consequences for the bad guys at all. It took a long time to get to that point and once you got there it was sort of a downer. I felt somewhat silly for previously caring about the good guys.
Purposeless, he drifts down to Florida on an errand for his important, wealthy father and winds up in the orbit of a ex-televangelist preacher named John Wainwright.
Every decision James makes seems like a perfectly logical one at the time as he is spun deeper into Wainwright's web. James believes, because he isn't being 'suckered in' by Wainwright's religious patter, that he's quite safe, and he doesn't have anything to scam him for anyway. Falling for Wainwright's estranged daughter, Jill, who has an axe to grind with her father, James is in over his head before he realizes it's too late.
Perhaps the only issue I have with this book was that hints towards the final outcome were dropped too early; I was about 50% of the way in when I figured out that James himself was the 'mark' for Wainwright's scheme. James' musings of "perhaps I should have seen then" kind of gave it away that something was coming. Leaving all that out and having him look back after the fact would have kept the suspense at a higher level throughout the book and made the final realization that much more shocking.
Nevertheless, this was a really excellent read. I think it would make a superb movie, actually, with the suspense ratcheted up a notch or two. I have no hesitation in giving it 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through ReadingAlley.
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